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Adult Education – June 2022

In cooperation with the Adult Education Committee of Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Mass Incarceration Task Force presents:

After Incarceration: Bending the Moral Arc Toward Justice in the season of Juneteenth

In the season of Juneteenth this year we will hear from survivors who are now thrivers. As they work to bring justice to a system in need of reform three speakers will share their stories and, to round out the series, those taking part in the Bending the Moral Arc series will provide an update on their progress. Through activism, education, trauma treatment and community involvement our teachers this month will show us ways we can respond to mass incarceration through action in our communities.


June 5 | 11:15am, Assembly Room

The Necessity of Prison and Reentry Education

Come learn how the presence of educational resources within the correctional system not only changes the lives of the ones directly impacted by incarceration but the people those individuals encounter on a day to day basis. College classrooms on the inside can be a direct bridge to a university education on the outside.


Een Jabriel is currently acting as the Regional Manager for The Petey Greene Program of NJ. He is responsible for recruiting and training college students and community volunteers to go inside of state and federal correctional facilities to tutor incarcerated students. Jabriel has been directly impacted by the criminal justice system and was able to take advantage of prison education through NJ STEP. This experience later led to his graduation from Rutgers University in 2016.


June 12 | 9:00am, Assembly Room (note change in time this week only)

Mass Incarceration and People of Color: Trauma In, Trauma Out

Exploring the dynamics of mass incarceration, the trauma it has disproportionately inflicted on People of Color and how that reconciles with the Word of God.


Kimme Carlos is the CEO and Founder of Kimme Carlos Motivational Consulting LLC., Co-Founder and Lead Facilitator of Sister Wellness Retreats: Healing Spaces for Black Women, and author of The Window of Grace: Living in Recovery through Christian Faith.  She is a graduate of Regent University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a minor in Psychology.  Carlos is the proud daughter of Dr. John W. Carlos, 1968 Olympian and civil rights activist, mother of two children, six grandchildren and lives in Pennsylvania.  


June 19 | 11:15am, Assembly Room

Transformative Justice: Helping the formerly incarcerated find their way home

Antonne Henshaw is Director of the Transformative Justice Initiative, a non-profit community service organization that helps formerly incarcerated people enter society. He will share his own experience with incarceration, his return to Camden, New Jersey and how the experience shaped his important work today.


Antonne Henshaw is a Rutgers Camden School of Criminal Justice Graduate School Student, Executive Director of CANDO (Camden African Neighborhood Development Organization), Community Organizer, and founding member of the NJSTEP (New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prison) program. Henshaw has dedicated himself to eradicating mass incarceration and changing legislation to end the structural violence that disproportionately threatens the health of our Black and Brown communities.


June 26 | 11:15am, Assembly Room

Bending the Moral Arc: a partnership between Witherspoon Street and Nassau Presbyterian Churches

Following the death of George Floyd, groups of deeply concerned members from Nassau and Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Churches decided to meet weekly to talk openly about race and social justice. This month we are celebrating the two year anniversary of the Bending the Moral Arc Courageous Conversations.

Members from both congregations will share this joint and transformational journey.

Find out more and download the resources online:

Bending the Moral Arc Webinar & Resources

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Next Week at Witherspoon (May 22-28)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here. (updated January 2022)

Courageous Conversations Resources (PDF)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)

(Resource is now updated through January 2022)


Worship Service – Livestream or In-Person

Sunday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Sermon Title: The Reason for the Rainbow

Preacher: Rev. Dr. Nyle Fort

Scripture: Genesis 6:11-14, 17; 7:17-19, 8:1; 9:8-9, 12-13

This service can be viewed online.

Our guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Nyle Fort, is a minister, activist, and scholar. His
work addresses issues of social justice through progressive scholarship, faith-based
organizing, and large-scale social movements. Nyle earned his B.A. in
English from Morehouse College and his Ph.D. in Religion and African American
Studies from Princeton University. He currently teaches at Columbia University.

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Morning Prayers

May 23-27  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, May 25, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, May 28, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Refugee Resettlement Update (May 2022)

The Refugee Coordinating Team is excited to share developments with the Afghan Refugee Family—they are investing in work, school, and extended family in the region. We couldn’t be more pleased with the progress of their transition to the States, and we deeply appreciate the continued support of the Nassau Church Family. Together, we are helping make a home for this family away from their homeland.

With a large family of adolescents and young adults it has been an exciting season of planning for summer jobs and coursework. Three family members have found rewarding employment, one is enrolled in Mercer Community College for the fall, and others are planning for summer school and activities.

The family is now a two-car household! We are grateful for the generosity of the congregation in donations from funds to vehicles and, of course, time. With the summer months approaching and the need for more transportation not provided by the school system, we are looking for additional drivers. This requires a background check and willingness to sign up for driving shifts as you are available.

We are looking for a few additional household items as well: lawn mower, picnic table(s) and chairs, wifi compatible printer, and dvd player.

If you would like to be added to the driver list or have possible donations, please contact Len Scales (email) for next steps.

As you hold this family in prayer, please especially pray for the reunification between the father and the family. Nassau is working with an immigration attorney to navigate the process to bring the father to the states as soon as is possible. Through all the trauma of the last eight months, one of the most difficult situations has been the distance it has put between loved ones.

Thank you for surrounding the Coordinating Team with support and the family with love!

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Next Week at Witherspoon (May 15-21)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here. (updated January 2022)

Courageous Conversations Resources (PDF)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)

(Resource is now updated through January 2022)


Worship Service – Livestream or In-Person

Sunday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

May 16-20  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, May 18, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Next Week at Witherspoon (May 8-14)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here. (updated January 2022)

Courageous Conversations Resources (PDF)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)

(Resource is now updated through January 2022)


Worship Service – Livestream or In-Person

Sunday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m.

Sermon Title: Loving Our Other(ed) Mothers

Preacher: Rev. Lukata A. Mjumbe

Scripture: Exodus 20:12, Matthew 5:46-47

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

May 9-13  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, May 11, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Adult Education – May 15 & 22


On Sunday, May 22, we will begin our summer schedule: one Service of Worship at 10:00 a.m., with Adult Education in the Assembly Room at 11:15 a.m.

Rev. Thomas Bayes: Presbyterian Theologian for a Pandemic-time

Rev. Thomas Bayes (1701-1761) has been described as a theologian who dabbled in mathematics. Following the “rediscovery” of his work in the 1950s, Bayes is now recognized as a leading mathematical thinker. While much of his work focused on the topic of theodicy (if God is all good and powerful, why does evil exist?), his most influential writing has far-reaching applications in econometrics, pharmaceuticals, and public policy. Join us in reclaiming Bayes as one of the most influential Presbyterian theologians in the last three centuries. No graduate level mathematics, statistics or theology required.



May 15 | 9:30am, Assembly Room

Gordon Bryant is a member of the NPC Adult Education Committee and joined NPC in 1997.  Bryant became acquainted with Bayes while employed at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA) after completing a graduate degree in Germanic Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1984, Bryant completed an MBA at Wharton and began a decade-long career in investment banking, including serving as a Senior Vice President at Lazard Freres. More recently, while employed by Booz Allen, Bryant served as Senior Renewable Energy Project Finance Advisor for a US Department of Defense renewable energy program.


May 22 | 11:15am, Assembly Room

Cynthia Miller grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, and currently lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She attended Hanover College (where she majored in economics and minored in French and German) and received her M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary where she focused on advertising and marketing.  Miller is the Vice President for International and Domestic Market Solutions with Braun Research, based in Princeton, and ‘dabbles’ in statistics and regression analysis daily. She is a novel- and article-writer in her spare time who grew up Presbyterian and has been a member of Nassau since 1997.She especially enjoys being a part of the Adult Education Committee at our church.


Larry Alphs received his BS from Michigan State University and trained as a neuropharmacologist (PhD) and psychiatrist (MD) at the University of Chicago.  He practiced psychiatry as an academic psychiatric researcher for 10 years before joining the pharmaceutical industry. He has led programs in numerous CNS disorders.  Alphs has been involved in introducing CNS clinical trials in resource limited settings through initiation and ongoing consultation related to evaluating the value of injectable antipsychotics in Rwanda.

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Next Week at Witherspoon (May 1-7)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here. (updated January 2022)

Courageous Conversations Resources (PDF)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)

(Resource is now updated through January 2022)


Worship Service – Livestream or In-Person

Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

May 2-6  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Arm In Arm – Volunteers Needed

Arm in Arm depends on volunteers to help us prepare and distribute bags of groceries through 3,000-4,000 food pantry visits and grocery deliveries per month.

We have been fortunate to have the help of students from The College of New Jersey and Rider University who have been volunteering in our Hudson Street and Hanover Street pantries about 45 hours per week. As they wrap up their semester this month, we will be left with a big gap in our pantries.

Especially now as we are serving at historic levels, averaging more than 4,000 pantry visits and deliveries per month, we need help. We are pro-actively outreaching to current volunteers, faith communities, and other groups with the potential to help us fill this gap and are also promoting a May Volunteer Challenge (below), encouraging individuals to volunteer, take an additional shift, and/or bring a friend with them to volunteer.

Food pantry volunteering 2022 — Signup Sheet

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2022 Water Walk for VIP

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

The Nassau Presbyterian Church Water Walk Team raised $5,191.46 (more than doubling our goal of $2,000!) thanks to the robust support of our congregation! We are grateful for your commitment to and caring for our siblings in Malawi.


Water is life, and clean water means health ~ Audrey Hepburn



This year’s walk was wildly successful, raising more than $340,000, to help fund a wide range of vital projects, including:

  • Rehabilitating 18 community water taps to bring clean water to 360 households in 12 villages;
  • Providing goats to 79 vulnerable households and inoculating 19,037 chickens against Newcastle disease;
  • Funding scholarships for 93 secondary students and 20 college/university students to cover tuition, school supplies, and uniforms;
  • Giving free medical care to 3,788 villagers;
  • Building two primary schools and completing Phase II of construction on the One Heart Secondary School;
  • Helping 841 villagers to collectively save over $35,000 through the 52 savings and loan clubs VIP established in our partner villages.

Liz Beasley (email)
Deacon, Nassau Presbyterian Church
Volunteer, Villages in Partnership (VIP)

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Next Week at Witherspoon (April 24-30)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here. (updated January 2022)

Courageous Conversations Resources (PDF)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)

(Resource is now updated through January 2022)


Saturdays: January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30

Christian Education Committee Criminal Justice Series

Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System in New Jersey
Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

This Week: In this the fourth and final program in our Criminal Justice Reform Series, our presenter is Chris Hedges, noted Pulitzer Prize-winning author and prison reform activist. Hedges has become a fierce critic of mass incarceration in the United States, and his experience as an educator in New Jersey prisons served as inspiration for his 2021 book: Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison. Available at Labryinth Books and Amazon.

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Worship Service – Livestream or In-Person

Sunday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

April 25-29  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, April 27, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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